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Huntsville Adventure Bootcamp

Huntsville Adventure Bootcamp

I’ve never been much of a morning person, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp when I tried it out last year for a few weeks. It takes something pretty special to drag me out of bed before 5AM, and to be excited about it? Now that’s just crazy talk! At the time it wasn’t in the cards financially for me to commit to continuing, but memories of boot camp sat in a corner of my head begging for another go around. I would often go to the website and see pictures of all these women looking happy and having fun while getting fit and longingly wish I could be one of them. I was utterly shocked on Christmas Eve when I opened a gift certificate from my husband for “One Whole Year of Boot Camp Awesomeness”. My immediate excitement was followed momentarily by the thought that he might be trying to kill me with those early mornings. But the memory of how much fun I’d had assured me I’d be happy to get up that early, because Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp really is that good!

Enter the “No Boredom” Zone

It’s a bit hard to describe a “typical” boot camp workout, because after attending three months of camp we’ve never done the same workout twice. That’s a big part of why it is so easy to stick with it too. The boredom factor is zero! The repetition and lack of excitement that so often plagues fitness classes is delightfully missing from boot camp. Being outdoors in the fresh air perks up my spirits every morning, and also allows for a wide range of activities and varying equipment that would be hard to match in your typical class inside a gym.

[sws_pullquote_left]The atmosphere at HABC is truly second to none. The camaraderie and encouragement makes it feel more like a family gathering than a class. [/sws_pullquote_left]Every class begins with a dynamic warm-up that gradually builds in intensity. By the time the meat and potatoes of the workout begins, you body is limber, your muscles are ready for action, and quite probably you’ve had a good laugh or two at something instructor Joe Martin has done or said. The atmosphere at HABC is truly second to none. The camaraderie and encouragement makes it feel more like a family gathering than a class. Joe’s sense of humor keeps things lighthearted and fun, and somehow an hour passes by and you’ve done a rigorous workout without moaning and groaning…Ok, maybe we do complain a bit when he makes us do burpees. Whether we are alternately working our core muscles and sweating out a variety of cardio moves, or busting our butts with a day of glute & quad training, you can be sure the energy level will be high and the positive attitudes will be contagious. Over the course of the week, the more focused daily workouts will coalesce into a full body experience that gives each muscle group its due attention. You can expect to be sore your first week at camp, but after your muscles get that initial wake-up call the soreness is minimal most days. I find that it’s usually just enough to remind me throughout the day that I’ve gotten a great workout in and encourage me to continue making healthy choices.

Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.

I’ve had people ask me “Is boot camp really hard core? I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up.” Well, it’s not like we are crawling through mud under barbed wire fences, but yes, the workout is intense. One great thing about boot camp is that Joe customizes every single exercise to your own fitness level. The progressions and regressions he offers allow you to make each activity more or less difficult depending on what you are ready for, or to allow you to accommodate an injury. My boot camp sisters come in all shapes, sizes, and abilities, and Joe doesn’t leave anyone behind. If you are a marathoner who is in peak shape, you will be challenged by boot camp and you will take your fitness to the next level. If you have been hibernating on your couch with one hand in a chip bowl, you will be welcomed, encouraged, and will gain the confidence necessary to see yourself in a new light and incorporate this healthy change into your life.

Joe Martin, Lover of Fitness and Bacon
Joe Martin, Lover of Fitness and Bacon

Joe’s commitment to making sure everyone gets results extends beyond the actual boot camp workout. As a boot camper you will receive a daily newsletter that offers everything from nutrition tips and recipes, to excerpts from research articles and best practices from across the personal trainer world. Special meal plans are also available for those wanting to jumpstart their weight-loss goals. Joe also welcomes visitors who want to come give the class a try and see if it is right for them. Just call or email him to set up a trial workout.

I’ve come to think of boot camp as more of a positive lifestyle change than simply as a class. The fantastic, body-enhancing workouts are just what draw you in. The fun, friendships, results, and improved confidence are what convince you to stay! A new month of boot camp starts Monday, April 22. With all of the different times and locations available (Madison peeps – you have an evening class now!), there is certainly one to fit your schedule. So as you peruse your favorite websites trying to decide how to spend your tax return, forget those impractical wedge heels, they won’t be comfortable anyways; head over to and splurge on a slimmer, stronger, healthier you. You’ll be so happy you did!


Locations:  Huntsville (5:30AM, 8:30AM,5:30PM) and Madison (5:30AM, 5:30PM)
Phone:  (256) 468-7146
Childcare:  Not available. Go while the kids are still asleep!
Cost:  Varies with enrollment plans (3, 4 or 5-day a week options available). Discounts are offered for purchasing 3 months of boot camp (15% off), a one-year membership with monthly payments (25% off), and a one-time lump sum payment for a year of unlimited boot camp (40% off). Additional details and registration information can be found online at


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View Comments (48)
  • I have to agree with what you said, I look back and miss the month of bootcamp I did with Keisha over in Madison.

  • You’ve done a fine job at capturing the “magic” of Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp. See you on Monday!

  • I am trying to cut out all processed food from my family’s diet and find time to exercise at least 3x a week.

  • I love Joe and Katie! They have the best attitude – positive, encouraging, and fun! HABC is a must for all Rocket City moms!!! Looking forward to losing this baby weight over the summer!

  • Do you have to start at the beginning of a new class? I am going to be out of town next wk.

    • Stacey, you can email Joe with any specific questions on signing up for classes. I think it might depend on what type of package you are signing up for. In general we go 4 weeks on and 1 week off, but I don’t know if you can do part of one session and part of another.

  • My goal is to keep a regular schedule with my workouts. I need to get this baby weight off!

  • This summarizes HABC so well! You never get bored and is the best workout for your whole body! And they do a great job at tailoring it to all fitness levels. If you’ve never worked out a day in your life, you will still feel comfortable doing the exercises. And if you are a fitness buff, you will get an awesome workout too! That’s what is so awesome about HABC.

  • Fitness goals… Become more active! It will help my energy levels and health, which will give me more energy for my family, serving others, housework, and even myself.

  • Great job on the article Meg! And great job to whoever captioned me “Joe Martin lover of fitness and bacon”. That’s good work right there. Loved the article and very thankful to have you as part of our family Meg.

  • I miss boot camp too. Can’t wait to be able to work it into my schedule. So so happy there is an evening class starting up soon in Madison!

  • My goal for this summer is to replace my sodas with more H2O and start working out like I did a few years ago.

  • I have started Dr. Ian Smiths Shred diet and everything is going great. This summer eating better and exercising.

  • I did love love love my bootcamp experience.

    My goal, maintain 4 workouts a week through the summer and since I am not in training, as of 10 days from now after an event I am going to focus hard this summer on counting calories and dropping a few of these stubborn pounds!

  • My goals: clean up my diet and move more. I’d love to lose a few extra pounds and tone some areas, too.

  • My goals are to eat within 1 hr of getting up, not eating within 2hrs of going to bed and eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. AND to exercise 3 times a week.

  • My goal is to make time to workout. I always seem to have some excuse not to do it.

  • Yes my 10 yo son & I have begun using dailyburn as a way to get our fitness in 🙂

  • My fitness goals for summer 2013? Hmmmm….well I would LOVE to get back into a regular work out routine. I would also like to improve my running pace. I refuse to reduce my M & M intake. :o)

  • My goal for 2013 summer fitness- to actually start! And this is perfect!!

  • I have a friend who works out with Joe regularly and she raves about the boot camp! I would live to try it.

  • I so badly want to try this bootcamp, I have been following the FB group for a year and a half and one day I am actually going to join! When I first heard about it, my son wasn’t routine enough in his feedings & sleeping for my hubby to be comfortable with me being gone for more than a half hr….and for the last 11 months, hubby has been deployed. I am hoping this summer is the summer for me!

  • Boot camp sounds like just what I need. I only wish I had seen this post sooner.

  • We have cut out all sodas and junk food and lost 20 lbs each! I’m less than my pre baby weight now! My new goal is to start running!

  • I did this Boot Camp with Joe for about a year to get in shape before I got pregnant. It was a great way to get in shape.

  • Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website and in depth information you offer.
    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the
    same old rehashed information. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked
    your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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